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The Love Expert (1920)

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Terrifiic Constance Talmadge
28 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ultra-cute little comedy starring a luminous Constance Talmadge as a "love expert" who goes around rearranging everyone's love lives so the guy she loves (John Halliday) can be free from his family and free to marry.

Once she realizes she wants Halliday (who works for her step-father), Talmadge sets about to lure him and his family (maiden aunt and two frumpy sisters) to Palm Springs where he father is vacationing. She sends a bogus telegram and the family goes south by train, almost killing the old lady (who is also deaf).

Talmadge sizes up the male population wintering by the sea and selects suitable men for the frumpy sisters. But the men want nothing to do with them. So Talmadge sets about to give them make-overs (very funny). Meanwhile the old lady becomes invigorated by the balmy sea air and becomes a dance-floor demon. Then on to a happy ending.

Talmadge is terrific as the madcap heiress. No one is safe from her maneuvers, including her crabby step-father. Aside from Halliday, the cast is mostly not well known, although Natalie Talmadge plays frumpy Dorcas. But this is Talmadge's film from the getgo and she's a hoot, especially when yelling into the old lady's ear trumpet, "Say, when is the last time you had a thrill?" Tiles cards are nicely done, with dialog presented in a straightforward fashion, but other cards, those that introduce scenes are beautifully illustrated. Along with other 20s comedies that survive like THE PRIMITIVE LOVER and THE DUCHESS OF BUFFALO, this is another film that shows what a delightful comedienne Constance Talmadge was. Now if we can just find a copy of HER SISTER FROM Paris.

As with sister Norma, precious few of the Talmadge sisters' films have survived. What a shame.


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